Alfa Romeo announced on Friday that it will produce a supercar that could go up against the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche.
The upcoming coupe, which will be called the 8C, will run on a turbo-charged mid-engine, using an all-wheel-drive electric drive system. Total output will equal at least 700 horsepower, according to the report, with a zero- to 60-miles-per-hour sprint time of fewer than 3 seconds. No top speed was announced.
Alfa’s news came packaged with the report that the Fiat-owned brand will also launch more SUVs and another “specialty” model as well: a Giulia-based coupe called the GTV.
The supercar component comes as a bit of a leap for a brand that is just returning in full force to American soil, where luxury SUVs and crossovers dominate. Most of the eight cars Alfa has promised to make for the U.S. market in the next few years are indeed large. Last year, the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV received high marks among consumer and in critical reports, so one might expect the brand to keep producing new models to compete with Porsche’s best-selling Macan or Jaguar’s excellent-value F-Pace.